Program Details

This course will cover such topics as: Behavioral and social ecology of cetaceans Dolphin species/Interspecies interactions Research methods and observational studies (behavioral ethograms, photo-id, video-acoustic recordings) Ecotourism, Conservation, an
Location:
Freeport, Bahamas
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Arrival in the field: 28 May 2013 Departure from the field: 9 June 2013 This exciting program, led by Faculty member Dr. Deirdre Yeater, is an amazing opportunity for students to travel to the beautiful Bahamas to study dolphins in their natural habitat. Students will be able not only fulfill degree requirements by completing a 3 credit course, but will also be able to work with an experienced researcher from DCP. Students will study wild Atlantic spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, all while learning about dolphin behavior and interaction.

This course will cover such topics as: Behavioral and social ecology of cetaceans Dolphin species/Interspecies interactions Research methods and observational studies (behavioral ethograms, photo-id, video-acoustic recordings) Ecotourism, Conservation, and Human –Dolphin interactions Dolphin Cognition

All participants are required to take this course through Sacred Heart University, but are welcome, regardless of their home institution. The course is PS 299 – Special Topics in Psychology (3 Credits) or BI 299 – Special Topics in Biology (3 Credits). Prerequisites: Psychology Majors/Minors – PS 110 & PS 111 and permission of instructor; Biology Majors/Minors – BI 225 (with C+ or better) College or University undergraduate students majoring/minoring in Psychology or Biology (or related discipline) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are invited to apply for the program.
Setting Description:
Bimini, the most westerly inhabited island of the Bahamas, is located ~81km (50 miles) east of Miami and consists of a number of islands, islets, and cays, including North and South Bimini, the main tourist areas. A small family island, Bimini is a place for those looking to escape from the noise and traffic of the real world. Less than 7 miles long and only a few hundred yards wide, Bimini is known for big game fishing, SCUBA diving, mangroves, and of course, wild dolphins. DCP, directed by Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski, is a group of researchers who have the dual goals of research and education. There are four study sites for this project, one of which is Bimini. Students will have the added bonus of having a research manager from DCP with them in the field.
Cost:
$4270 plus airfare to Bimini, The Bahamas This includes: Tuition (3 credits) HTH International Insurance Course instruction 13 days/12 nights shared-room housing 3 meals a day and snacks– fully catered, family style (including days of arrival and departure) Suite (kitchen, living room, dining room (doubles as a classroom) 8 wild dolphin surveys, with at least 2 reef snorkel opportunities 1 wild shark feed/snorkel Gratuity (hotel, dock & boat crew) Bimini only airport/hotel transfers Orientatio

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